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11:10 AM ET, May 4, 2007

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New York Post:
BILL'S HARD DRIVE  —  MICROSOFT EYES SEARCH GIANT IN PROPOSED TAKEOVER  —  Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Reconsider Merger  —  A year ago, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. explored the idea of combining to form a greater competitor to Google Inc.  —  The talks led nowhere leaving Microsoft and Yahoo to forge their own paths in pursuit of Google.  How did they do?  Well, they're talking again.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MASSIVE: Microsoft May Acquire Yahoo for $50 Billion  —  This deal will be huge if it goes ahead: Microsoft has reacted to Google's purchase of DoubleClick by stepping up talks with Yahoo about a possible acquisition/merger.  Estimated pricetag for Yahoo?  $50 billion.
Associated Press:
Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft, Yahoo  —  Software maker Microsoft Corp. asked search engine operator Yahoo Inc. to re-enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth $50 billion, the New York Post reported on Friday.  —  Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Microsoft Asks Yahoo To Reconsider Merger Talks: Report
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Microsoft To Buy (Swallow) Yahoo...Again? Please, God, No.
Discussion: TechFold and BloggingStocks
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Microsoft hot for Yahoo: Is it for real this time?
Nick / Rough Type:   Microsoft eyeing Yahoo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo To Shut Down Yahoo Photos In Favor Of Flickr  —  I am at the annual Outcast CEO Dinner event - Brad Garlinghouse (Yahoo SVP Communications & Communities) and Stewart Butterfield (Cofounder Flickr) are sitting at my table and told me that they will announce the closure of Yahoo Photos tomorrow.
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USA Today:
Yahoo Photos going dark as Flickr shines on  —  LOS ANGELES — At Yahoo, Web 2.0 has won one battle with stodgy old Web 1.0.  —  Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Photos — for years, the No. 1 or No. 2 most-visited photo site on the Web.  Its users will be directed to move their pictures to Yahoo's hot upstart, Flickr.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Photos shutting down.  Flickr is the new hotness.  —  Brad Garlinghouse, SVP of Yahoo and author of the famous "Peanut Butter Manifesto," in which he told people inside Yahoo that the company was spread too thin, told me tonight at a dinner that "I'm eating my own peanut butter."
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Yahoo jettisons Photos in favor of Flickr
Discussion: tbites
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Starts Paying Star Users  —  YouTube is going to start helping some of its indie video content creators make money, starting tomorrow.  The company will launch a program that puts the creators of some of the more popular YouTube channels — including Lonelygirl15, LisaNova, HappySlip …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Revenue Sharing Partners Program, but no Pre-Rolls  —  The news, first broken by Om Malik and now live on the YouTube Blog, that YouTube has launched a revenue sharing Partners Program for its top content creators is a positive step forward for a service that only made $15 million …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Users Get Paid. Tomorrow.
Discussion: parislemon
Philipp Lohmann / GullFOSS:
Sun Microsystems joins porting effort for OpenOffice.org for Mac  —  I'm excited to let you all know that as of now Sun engineering will add its support to the ongoing Mac/Aqua porting effort.  —  The MacOSX porting history is basically as old as OpenOffice.org itself.
Ccoc / Colin's Corner:
EIC Change at PC World  —  As has been widely reported in the media, Harry McCracken, the EIC of PC World has resigned.  I have huge respect for Harry, thank him for all his contributions over the years and wish him well.  I am hopeful that Harry will continue to write for PC World on a freelance basis.
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily - TGDaily:
The UMPC dies.  And no one notices.  —  Recommend article:  —  We just started to like the concept of the UMPC.  But the truth of the matter is that the UMPC, at least in the shape we saw these little computers over the past year, will join the Tablet PC in a niche, far away from the eyes of the mass market.
Forbrugerstyrelsen:
Press release: Danish Complaint Case may have Global Consequences for Apple  —  A ground-breaking decision by the Consumer Complaints Board may have crucial consequences for Apple and for thousands of Apple laptop users all over the world  —  In a specific complaint case …
Jan Chipchase:
Extreme Personalisation  —  An unexpected surprise of last week's Istanbul visit was coming across these working Nokia phones hacked/customised by Mehmet Erkök, industrial design lecturer at stanbul Teknik Üniversitesi's Department of Industrial Product Design.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Court denies Vonage bid for patent case retrial  —  WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has denied a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG.N: Quote, Profile , Research) that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought …
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